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Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is one of the world’s leading business schools. Named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the Jones School is distinguished by its strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and management with areas of excellence in energy, entrepreneurship and health care. Degreed programs include the Rice MBA, MBA for Executives, and MBA for Professionals as well as joint MBAs in medicine, engineering and professional science and a PhD for candidates aspiring to become research faculty. The Rice MBA seeks to shape the next generation of action-oriented, innovative thought leaders, who will motivate peers and implement change. The practical learning approach of the MBA curriculum effectively transforms the way you learn by blending three essential elements to improve and amplify students’ strategy, leadership and creative credentials: 1. A comprehensive core of courses in finance, accounting, data analysis and marketing that builds a solid foundation of fundamental business principles in small approachable classes. 2. The Action Learning Project – placing our MBA candidates in real world projects as soon as they walk into class. Plus summer internships and numerous field-project-oriented electives offer you ample opportunities for practical experience. 3. Specialized concentrations across ten functional and industry-specific areas allow you to demonstrate functional expertise in a particular area of interest."

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 109
Tuition (Total) $50,400

Program Information

Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Says

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is one of the world’s leading business schools. Named in honor of the late Jesse H. Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the Jones School is distinguished by its strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and management with areas of excellence in energy, entrepreneurship and health care. Degreed programs include the Rice MBA, MBA for Executives, and MBA for Professionals as well as joint MBAs in medicine, engineering and professional science and a PhD for candidates aspiring to become research faculty.

The Rice MBA seeks to shape the next generation of action-oriented, innovative thought leaders, who will motivate peers and implement change. The practical learning approach of the MBA curriculum effectively transforms the way you learn by blending three essential elements to improve and amplify students’ strategy, leadership and creative credentials: 1. A comprehensive core of courses in finance, accounting, data analysis and marketing that builds a solid foundation of fundamental business principles in small approachable classes. 2. The Action Learning Project – placing our MBA candidates in real world projects as soon as they walk into class. Plus summer internships and numerous field-project-oriented electives offer you ample opportunities for practical experience. 3. Specialized concentrations across ten functional and industry-specific areas allow you to demonstrate functional expertise in a particular area of interest."

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Health Care Administration and Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Organizational Design, Real Estate, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategy
Degrees Awarded: MBA for Professionals.

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#7 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#21 Best Graduate Universities for Investment Bankers

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#3 Best Administered
#4 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate
#8 Best Professors

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 27% accepted out of 705 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 676
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $125

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

To apply for admission to Rice University, applicants must submit official transcripts of all college-level work, GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, a current resume, and three personal essays. When evaluating applicants, Rice looks for both qualitative and quantitative skills; however, a strong academic track record is paramount in an adm...To apply for admission to Rice University, applicants must submit official transcripts of all college-level work, GMAT scores, two letters of recommendation, a current resume, and three personal essays. When evaluating applicants, Rice looks for both qualitative and quantitative skills; however, a strong academic track record is paramount in an admissions decision. There are no minimum GMAT or GPA scores required for admission. The mid-50% GMAT range is 640 to 710, though a high score does not guarantee admission, just as a low score does not prohibit it.

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

28

Deadline
Round 2
January

6

Deadline
Round 3
February

24

Deadline

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 696
Percent International Students 25%
Total Full-Time Faculty 126
Full-Time Faculty 51%

Student Life

The gym is a popular place for busy students to “vent stress and keep healthy while tak­ing on a rigorous course load.” Its location “right in front of the business building” pro­vides ample opportunity for a quick “Ping-Pong game break” or even a “squash game” to invigorate students during study sessions. Many students praise the school’s admin­istration, which “works very hard to create a fun community for both academic and social events.” Administrators are even known to send emails to students “whenever there is free food after an event.” “Facilities and amenities are second to none at Rice.” The campus is full of students who are “goal driven, smart, [and] diverse,” and who “are always willing to lend a helping hand.” When students are not visiting the “tons of clubs” or bars and restaurants on campus, they venture into Houston where people “are incredibly welcoming and friendly.”

Career

The “dynamic” metropolitan city of Houston is “a great location to look for a new career.” The school is “well connected with Houston's energy community” and “energy and financial firms are strong here and come to Rice often.” Additionally, Rice alumni are “tremendously helpful.”Networking on campus is a common occurrence. “Partio,” Party on the Patio, is a popu­lar way to spend Thursday nights. Representatives from various companies attend, and students have a chance to spend time with them in a casual setting.” At this event, “stu­dents get together to talk about their week, job search, and also network with alumni and current recruiters.” Among other programs, Rice also has “a strong chapter” of MBA Women International and a highly-regarded Action Learning Project which is “an incred­ibly rich and rewarding experience to put our skills into action.”

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About

Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, excellence in teaching and contributions to the enhancement of our world. As the university's business school, The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business adheres to those same values to cultivate a diverse community of learning and discovery. More specifically, the Jones School develops principled, innovative thought leaders in global communities. Through a combination of rigorous curriculum, elite faculty and impressive facilities, students receive an outstanding business school experience. The result is innovative leadership that engages the entrepreneurial spirit and impacts business on a global level. The Jones School is one of the world's best teaching and research universities, offering Full-Time MBA, MBA for Executives, and MBA for Professionals programs. A Ph.D. program in debuted in 2009 and recently-introduced business concentrations highlight the school's strengths while allowing full-time MBA students to focus on areas of interest. Additional information is available through our website at www.business.rice.edu

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Students Say

Learning at the Jones School at Rice University is a collaborative effort. So much so that students may feel they are “learning just as much from [their] classmates as from [their] teachers.” The diversity of the student body in ethnicity, background, and thought lends to a broad range of topics and discussions in the classroom and a vast array of “different ideas” to consider. The small program and small class size means “everybody is on a first-name basis with each other,” and creates a family-like environment. The state of Texas is a selling point for many pursuing the finance and energy fields. The school’s “convenient” Houston location offers “the greatest exposure to the energy industry” and the school’s “reputation is the best in town.” Students will have to work hard to earn their degrees here. “The first semester of first year is extremely competitive, but eases as the program progresses.” Upon being accepted to Rice, one must be well organized. “The work load is very heavy, which teach[es] the students how to multi-task, prioritize, and be efficient with time.” The success of the Jones School program can in part be attributed to continual improve­ments by administration. “The school is constantly looking for feedback and addressing issues on an ongoing basis.” The school really is what each student makes of it. “Every stu­dent has the opportunity to make a positive impact, improve the program, and contribute to the overall experience.” A high-quality and “accessible” teaching staff is also a hallmark at Jones School. “The professors are very approachable and willing to discuss numerous topics. Overall the academics have been challenging but rewarding.” Professors provide a perfect mix of academia and research for an enriching classroom experience, and they are also keenly aware of the content that each colleague is teaching at any given time. “This creates a holistic program wherein each class complements the others.” Campus facilities are described as “very nice” and “new,” and the environment is remarkably “clean.” Although course offerings and networking opportunities are rich in the finance and energy fields, some would like to see this carry over to other areas of study. “National recognition” was also mentioned as an area of potential weakness. Although the school’s graduates are well received in the immediate areas of internships and job placement, Rice could still stand to “Build [a] better national brand.”

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Academic

Every course offers unparalleled opportunity to work one-on-one with an accessible, involved, and energetic faculty. The Jones School faculty maintains an important balance between teaching and research, believing that current industry knowledge is as critical as textbooks to your education.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    El Paso Corporation Finance Center, Center on the Management of Information Technology, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems, Center for High Performance Software Research, Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Center for the Study of the Environment and Society, Environmental & Energy Systems Institute, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice Center for Organizational Effectiveness Studies

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Office of International Students & Scholars; info at http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ois/index.html

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    GATHER; Not Alone; President's Council on GLBT Campus Climate; Pride; Rice Gala; info at http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pride/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Clubs include the Black Business Student Association and the Hispanic Business Student Association, Asian Business Students Association, More information can be found at http://business.rice.edu/Clubs_Orgs.aspx

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Second-year students tutor first-year students on an informal basis.

  • Research Facilities:

    El Paso Corporation Finance Center, Center on the Management of Information Technology, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems, Center for High Performance Software Research, Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Center for the Study of the Environment and Society, Environmental & Energy Systems Institute, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice Center for Organizational Effectiveness Studies

  • Study Abroad:

    Costa Rica (INCAE); Mexico

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://business.rice.edu/MBAWI/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business include:

Kimberly C. David - Senior VP and CFO, Baylor College of Medicine

Chris Kreidler - CFO, Sysco Corporation

Lee Boothby - CEO, Newfield Exploration Company

Fran Vallejo - Vice President & Treasurer, ConocoPhillips

James S. Turley - Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young LLP

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $55,291

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: ExxonMobil, Ernst&Young, Cameron, FMC Technologies, ConocoPhillips

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 41% $100,606
Technical 37% $100,137
Finance / Accounting 34% $97,607
Consulting 22% $110,030
Other 22% $95,856
Consulting 19% $105,918
General Management 14% $97,364
Financial Services 12% $101,500
Marketing / Sales 10% $97,543
Operations / Logistics 7% $91,933
Other 4% $90,667
Human Resources 4% $95,000
Information Technology 3% $89,500
Other 2% $81,600

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 77%
Three Month Employment 94%
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